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Wembley Stadium to host rematch

LONDON -- The highly anticipated rematch between British fighters Carl Froch and George Groves for the WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles will take place at Wembley Stadium in May, promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed Tuesday.

With Wembley able to seat up to 90,000, the fight is expected to set a post-World War II attendance record for a boxing match in Britain. The record is 56,000 in 2008 for Ricky Hatton-Juan Lazcano at the City of Manchester Stadium.

"It's brilliant news for many, many reasons," the London-born Groves said. "This is a huge fight. It needed to go to an impressive stadium and Wembley is top of the list. For me personally, it's going to be a great night.

"I was at that record-breaking Hatton fight: Wow, what an atmosphere. We're going to have the same this time round, except I'm going to put Carl Froch to sleep as well. They've got that to look forward to."

The fight will take place on May 31, and HBO has the American broadcast rights and will televise the bout live in the afternoon.

In their first fight, Froch (32-2, 23 KOs), trailing on all three scorecards, got a ninth-round knockout victory against Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) when referee Howard John Foster made one of the most controversial stoppages in recent boxing history in what otherwise was a highly entertaining battle.

Foster's stoppage was so egregious that when Groves protested to the IBF, which sanctioned the bout for one of Froch's titles, the organization ordered an immediate rematch and called Foster's action "inappropriate conduct."

Wembley staff will be facing a tight deadline to get the stadium ready in time after an England-Peru football friendly just 24 hours earlier.

Dan Rafael of ESPN.com and The Associated Press contributed to this report.